My latest finished painting, “High Vibrations”, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, SOLD!
Once again I have fallen off my blogging schedule! UGH! So much going on right now. I guess I thrive on the chaos. Life is more exciting with more going on, right?
I finished a new painting today, so figured it would be a great time to post a new blog. I was thrilled to have this painting sold before it was finished. I love it when that happens! I posted a bit of timelapse video to my Instagram today as I was finishing it up.
I was recently invited to show in the Summer show at the New Mexico Cancer Center Gallery. I’m really pleased with this, as I have been trying to get into the gallery for at least 7 years! The NMCCG is the largest gallery in the state of New Mexico. I will have at least 20 pieces in the show with room for more. Needless to say, I have a LOT of painting to do. I am also showing at the local Sierra Club offices in August. The two shows overlap, so I have to have at least 30 paintings available by then.
Side view of my latest painting. Going back to wrapping the painting around the edge. Doesn’t need framing or it can be put into a floating frame to you can still see the sides.
I am currently working on a NEW website which is taking more time than I had hoped, but it’s going to be awesome! Once it’s done, my Etsy shop will close because I will have the ability to sell directly from my site. I have been searching for a solution for my website for literally, YEARS! I finally found it in Art Storefronts. They have everything I ever wanted in a website. Stay tuned for my new and improved site, hopefully launching by the end of March.
Along with the new website, I’ve been busy working on ChromaFEST, an art and music festival fundraiser for my other business, Chroma Studios. We are raising money to help us buy a building for our studios. We currently lease space and need more, so purchasing our own commercial building just makes sense. We have been in business for almost 9 years, it’s time for expansion.
I’ve also been spending as much time as possible with my almost 2 month old grandson. It’s so much fun being a grandma!
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12 x 12″ oil painting in progress, still a lot of detail to finish
Working on a new painting this week. Started it last week but haven’t had time for a blog yet! I’ve been helping out a little here and there with the new grand baby, family has always been most important to me! I’m always happy to get back to the studio though. 🙂 I’ve been filming a time lapse of this painting in progress, you can see sections of the video on my Instagram.
I’ve been thinking about painting large again, only REALLY large, like wall/mural size. Signs seem to keep pointing me in that direction anyway. I was recently sent a link for a local public art project. The project is a huge mural wall and while I would love to submit for the job, I don’t have the portfolio of work to show to get a job like that. It came to me during my morning meditation that I should look for some mural jobs I could do to add to my portfolio. I did a mural years ago at a local church, not exactly what I would usually paint, but it was good experience and taught me a lot about painting on walls outside!
What I’ve decided to do is offer to paint a mural for anyone locally who has a wall they want painted. For the cost of materials only. I will not charge labor for the first couple I do. I already have one possibly lined up, so I’m looking for one more wall in need of a mural. Please get in touch with me if you are interested. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a facebook message on my facebook art page.
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Before and after I reworked “Generous, Kind, Hearts, Shine”, 18 x 18″ original oil painting
It is so good to be back in the studio after the holidays! I do what I love and love what I do, so it can be difficult to take time off. Honestly, I have to force myself. My biggest hope for the world is that everyone could do what they love for a living!
Last month I received a critique on my art portfolio from a gallery owner that I have always admired. She is an artist too, which in my eyes means she is twice as qualified to give a critique. At first, I was a little hurt, which I guess is normal. I have never had a completely honest critique of my work. I don’t have an art degree, I am a mostly self-taught artist. Honest feedback is one of the things I feel I really missed out on with an art degree.
Once I got over the initial shock of getting an honest critique, I started thinking about what she said and realized she was absolutely right about most of what she had to say. The other 20% was personal opinion and things I will never change because they are what my art style is about.
This week being my first full week back in the studio, I’ve started working on one of the paintings that needed improvement. I’m sharing the before and after with you here to get some more feedback! 😉 I’m amazed at the difference a couple of hours made! What do YOU think? Thank you in advance for any and all comments, they are very welcome.
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I have been SO overwhelmed lately! This past year has been a flurry of activity, trips, shows, art and music. Last July I decided that I would finally pursue my dream of becoming a singer. My husband and I formed “Sunlight” a folk duo playing cover songs and our own originals. Actually, my husband does most of the song writing. He has been a professional musician for many, many years. I’m the newbie to the whole thing.
At the time we started the music, my art was put on the back burner. I wasn’t feeling inspired AT ALL. That said, I’m not one of those artists who believes I need to be inspired to paint. I believe in painting with or without inspiration, it’s my JOB! It’s what I do. However, last year around this time I was questioning whether I even wanted to BE an artist anymore. Discouraged by who knows what now, I just stopped painting.
One day I was talking with my husband about my complete lack of motivation and he offhandedly said, “maybe you need to change your medium”. That statement started my mind wandering. Thinking back to the things I used to want to do with my life. When I was a young girl, I sang in the church choir and I wanted to be a singer. My brother and I used to perform “shows” for our parents.
Somehow, somewhere along the way, I gave up on that dream and became an artist. My second choice. It really made sense in the beginning, my kids were little, I could stay home with them.
During this past year, I have immensely enjoyed becoming a performing singer. Yet another of my lifelong dreams has come true.
I say I’m overwhelmed because about 6 months ago, my urge to paint came back. I’m sure I’m not the first and definitely won’t be the last “creative person” to carry two careers, music and art. I love them BOTH and am not willing to give up either. I guess I just need to figure out how to balance them both. Like I said, I’m overwhelmed. Working on figuring it all out. AND grateful and happy to be and do what I love everyday!
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